Films 201605-07

Niet zoveel tijd gehad om films te bekijken, de voorbije drie maanden. Niet zoveel goede films ook eigenlijk.

  1. Die Hard / John McTiernan / 1988 / ***(*)
    John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
    De eerste van een steeds verder uitdeinende franchise, was zonder meer een meesterwerkje. Vol sprankelende oneliners, feminisme en eurotash… what’s not to like.
  2. I Am Wrath / Chuck Russell / 2016 / *(*)
    A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife’s killer.
  3. London Has Fallen / Babak Najafi / 2016 / *(*)
    In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.
  4. 13 Hours / Michael Bay / 2016 / *(*)
    During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
  5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice / Zack Snyder / 2016 / **
    Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.
  6. Enragés / Éric Hannezo / 2015 / **
    After a bank job goes badly wrong, three desperate criminals take a young woman and a father and child hostage – it’s the beginning of a frantic and violent road trip that not all of them will survive.
  7. Criminal / Ariel Vromen / 2016 / *(*)
    In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission.
    Dat viel eigenlijk wel mee, behalve dan dat het toch wel heel sterk doet denken aan Self/less, dat… ook met Ryan Reynolds is. Die daarmee twee keer tegen een idiote tegenspeler komt te staan: hier met Kevin Costner en daar met Ben Kingsley. Bah.
  8. Anomalisa / Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman / 2015 / ***
    A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
  9. Marina / Stijn Coninx / 2013 / **
    The true story of Rocco Granata, an Italian coal miner’s son who followed his passion for music against his father’s wishes and social barriers.
  10. Mr. Right / Paco Cabezas / 2015 / **
    A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
  11. De Surprise / Mike van Diem / 2015 / *(*)
    An eccentric multimillionaire signs an agreement to have his life ended. While selecting his coffin he meets a young woman who has signed up for the same arrangement. Trouble ensues when the couple falls in love and wishes to get out of the contract.
  12. Elvis & Nixon / Liza Johnson / 2016 / *(*)
    The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ’n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
  13. The Brass Teapot / Ramaa Mosley / 2012 / **
    When a couple discovers that a brass teapot makes them money whenever they hurt themselves, they must come to terms with how far they are willing to go.
  14. Girl on a Bicycle / Jeremy Leven / 2013 / **
    Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta (Nora Tschirner), when the young French beauty, Cécile (Louise Monot) pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek (Paddy Considine), finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife”, two Australian children who call him “Papa”, and his life upside-down.
  15. The American Side / Jenna Ricker / 2016 / *(*)
    Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by enigmatic scientist, Nikola Tesla.
  16. Manhattan Nocturne / Brian DeCubellis / 2016 / **(*)
    A well-known reporter becomes involved with a mysterious and seductive woman while trying to find the truth about her husband’s death.
  17. Layer Cake / Matthew Vaughn / 2004 / **
    A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.
  18. D’Ardennen / Robin Pront / 2015 / *
    A brutal home-jacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth however possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.
  19. The Family Fang / Jason Bateman / 2015 / ***
    A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.
  20. Anesthesia / Tim Blake Nelson / 2015 / ***
    Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.
  21. Demolition / Jean-Marc Vallée / 2015 / **
    A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
  22. The Witch / Robert Eggers / 2015 / ***(*)
    A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.
  23. Fragile / Jaume Balagueró / 2005 / **
    At her new job in a rundown children’s hospital, a nurse desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks.
  24. Another / Jason Bognacki / 2014 / *
    A beautiful young woman is driven into a dark underworld of demonic possession, desire, and extreme indulgences when she learns she may be the devil’s kin.
  25. The Other Side of the Door / Johannes Roberts / 2016 / *
    After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death.
  26. I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine / R.D. Braunstein / 2015 / *
    Jennifer Hills is still tormented by the brutal sexual assault she endured years ago. She’s changed identities and cities, reluctantly joining a support group where she begins to piece together a new life. But when her new friend’s murderer goes free and the tales of serial rapists haunt her, Jennifer will hunt down the men responsible and do what the system won’t – make them pay for their crimes in the most horrific ways imaginable. Only this time, no jury may be able to save her.
  27. The Dyatlov Pass Incident / Renny Harlin / 2013 / *(*)
    A group of 5 students go the location of the infamous “dyatlov pass incident”, to make a documentary but things take a turn for the worse to reveal the secrets as to what happened there.
  28. Before I Wake / Mike Flanagan / 2016 / *
    A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.
  29. La corrispondenza / Giuseppe Tornatore / 2016 / *(*)
    Focused on the relationship between an astronomer and his lover, who spend their years apart.
  30. 20 ans d’écart / David Moreau / 2013 / *(*)
    The thirty-eight year-old ambitious and workaholic editor of the fashion magazine Rebelle Alice Lantins returns from Brazil to Paris and loses her flash memory in the airplane. However, the student of architecture Balthazar Apfel finds it and calls Alice to tell her. She schedules a meeting in the bar where Balthazar is drinking with his friends but he tells her that the device is at home. He offers a ride in his scooter to Alice and while he is putting the spare helmet on her, two coworkers of Alice see from an angle that make them believe that Balthazar is kissing Alice. They take a photo and posts it in the Twitter. On the next morning, everybody is laughing at Alice but the chief editor and her boss Vincent Khan loves the idea that Alice is dating someone twenty years younger. Alice decides to impersonate that she is in love with Balthazar to get a promotion in the magazine. But soon she learns that she should not trifle with love.
  31. 10.000 Km / Carlos Marques-Marcet / 2014 / *(*)
    Alex moves to Los Angeles for a new job; Sergi stays in Barcelona. They love each other, but maintaining a relationship through technology proves challenging.
  32. In Your Eyes / Brin Hill / 2014 / **
    Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the other’s experiences, creating a bond that apparently can’t be broken.
  33. Goodbye to All That / Angus MacLachlan / 2014 / **
    When his wife unexpectedly informs him that she wants a divorce, well-meaning but oblivious husband Otto Wall finds himself thrust back into bachelorhood, where he searches for the real thing amidst a string of one night stands.
  34. No Stranger Than Love / Nick Wernham / 2015 / **(*)
    What is stranger than the big hole that opens up in Lucy Sherrington’s living room floor? As it turns out, love.
  35. 10 Cloverfield Lane / Dan Trachtenberg / 2016 / ***
    After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.
  36. Cloverfield / Matt Reeves / 2008 / **(*)
    A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
  37. Midnight Special / Jeff Nichols / 2016 / ***
    A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child’s special powers.
  38. Signs / M. Night Shyamalan / 2002 / ***
    A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
  39. The Secret / Vincent Perez / 2007 / **
    A wife and mother passes away, and spirit returns in her daughter’s body.
  40. Scenic Route / Kevin Goetz & Michael Goetz / 2013 / *(*)
    Tensions rise between lifelong friends Mitchell and Carter after their truck breaks down on an isolated desert road as they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality.
  41. The Ones Below / David Farr / 2015 / *(*)
    A couple expecting their first child discover an unnerving difference between themselves and the couple living in the flat below them who are also having a baby.
  42. Green Room / Jeremy Saulnier / 2015 / ***
    A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.
  43. Avant l’aube / Raphaël Jacoulot / 2011 / **
    Frederic is a young man in social rehabilitation. He has just found a night internship, in an isolated hotel in the mountains when, one evening, he sees his boss, Jacques, together with this son, hiding a car in the parking lot. The day after, he learns that one of the clients left the hotel without notice…
  44. Sneekweek / Martijn Heijne / 2016 / *
    Six friends go to party for a week during the “Sneekweek”. But they are haunted by a secret from their past.
  45. Pour elle / Fred Cavayé / 2008 / **(*)
    With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail.
  46. A Bigger Splash / Luca Guadagnino / 2015 / ***
    The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.
  47. Cien años de perdón / Daniel Calparsoro / 2016 / *(*)
    A group of thieves led by a man called El Uruguayo stalk a bank in Valencia to steal as many safety boxes as possible and later flee through a dug tunnel that communicates the building with an abandoned subway station. However, the press officer of the Prime Minister discovers what the thieves are actually after: they want to get their hands on box 314, property of Gonzalo Soriano, a former member of the government who slipped into a coma after a severe accident, left documents with compromising information. The gang’s plans start to go awry when the tunnel is flooded by heavy rain, leaving them with no escape, plus to discover that the box really doesn’t contains documents, but an external hard drive full of data about important names in all levels of the Spanish politic. At the same time, a fixer of the government receives the mission to assume the control of the negotiations, looking for recover at any cost the box 314 and the information before the robbers flee with it.

0 te vermijden / * slecht, maar bekijkbaar / ** goed / *** zeer goed / **** fantastisch (meer uitleg bij de quotering)

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